YouTube will now let you hum songs to identify them


Apps like Shazam and SoundHound are great if you’re trying to identify a song that’s playing in public. But what if there’s a song stuck in your head that you can’t quite identify? If that’s the case, YouTube’s latest experiment could help.

YouTube has announced that they are testing out a new feature as part of an experiment on the Android version of the app. With this new feature, users can hum into their phone’s microphone and YouTube will then attempt to identify it for users and pull up the song on its platform.

“We’re experimenting with the ability for folks to search for a song on YouTube by humming or recording a song that’s currently being played. If you’re in the experiment, you can toggle from YouTube voice search to the new song search feature, and hum or record the song you’re searching for for 3+ seconds in order for the song to be identified. Once the song is identified, you’ll be sent to relevant official music content, user- generated videos, and/or Shorts featuring the searched song in the YouTube app.”

According to YouTube, this experiment won’t be widely available yet. It will only be available to a small percentage of users around the world, so if you don’t see it available for you yet, don’t worry. The company does not mention if there are plans to turn this feature into a mainstay feature, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: YouTube

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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